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Collected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories presented in Todos los Epubthe chronological order of their publication in Spanish. Maruez is pure magic It s been a long time since I ve read him except for the novella No One Writes to the Colonel two years back so this was in effect a reintroduction to his work And the enchantment has not fadedMaruez resembles three of my favourite authors William Faulkner Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway His decadent town of Macondo where most of the stories happen in a connected universe owes much to Faulkner s Yoknapatawpha County And his prose moving on in sentence after impressionistic sentence without a pause for breath so that you get lost in its cadence without caring for its meaning is pure Faulkner The heartbeat of his fictitious universe soon starts melding into that of the reader and he she sees hears smells touches and tastes through the author s creationsBut unlike Faulkner Maruez moves effortlessly into fantasy without advertising the fact like Gregor Samsa in Kafka s The Metamorphosis his characters can find themselves in any weird situation in fact Maruez has openly admitted Kafka s influence They die live move across time and space get transformed into ghosts and spirits and involved in myriad other weird situations in the space of a few pagesBut in some stories the author suddenly drops all his flowery phrases and parabolic descriptions and goes for a hard bitten narrative where life and death walk the streets of the somnolent Latin American towns Here he resembles Hemingway with his spare prose and hard hitting plotlinesThe book is a compendium of three collections Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama s Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother Of these the first one contains mostly surrealist pieces which reads like prose poems than stories except for The Woman Who Came at Six O Clock a classic tale in the Hemingway mould about a woman who may have committed a murder My favourite from this collection is Monologue of Isobel Watching It Rain in Macondo about a young woman whose sense of existence starts slowly dissolving in incessant rain I experienced it recently in KeralaThe title story Big Mama s Funeral is undoubtedly the star of the second collection By delineating the death of a matriarch and its aftermath it attains the level of the mythological in this it foreshadows The Autumn of the Patriarch I felt It also contains many Hemingway esue tales Tuesday Siesta There Are No Thieves in This Town Balthazar s Marvelous Afternoon One of These Days all filled with a sense of fatalism and uiet brutality The third collection contains two of my favourite fables A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings about an aged and destitute angel who falls down to earth and becomes a village curiosity and The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World about a corpse which becomes the icon of a fishing community Innocent Erendira is a frightening fairy tale about a young prepubescent girl cruelly exploited by her grandmother a rehash of the evil stepmother trope but much malignant Every fairy tale motif is inverted here Almost all the tales in this collection are surreal and engrossingAn exuisite collection PS A suggestion if you are new to Maruez don t try to get the stories Most of the time they may not make logical sense Just get lost in the telling You will enjoy it If you don t then maybe Maruez is not for you

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From three volumes Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama's Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother Combining mysticism history and humor the s. 6 Collected Stories by Gabriel Garc a M rueztranslators Gregory Rabassa J S Bernsteinpublished 1984format 343 page paperbackacuired Decemberread Jan 18 25rating 4 Original collectionsEyes of a Blue Dog stories 1947 1955 English translation 1968 Translated by Gregory RabassaBig Mama s Funeral stories 1962 English translation 1972 Translated by J S BernsteinThe Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother stories 1968 1972 English translation 1978 Translated by Gregory RabassaM ruez spent his youngest years away from his parents living in the Columbia coastal town of Aracataca with his grandparents who he explains were both great story tellers His grandmother would mix in fanciful aspects to her stories without breaking her tone as if she was telling all fact He has explained these were huge influences on his writing And it seems he was always writing This is my first step into M ruez I will follow him in mostly a chronological manner and this collection includes some of his earliest published work The first story The Third Resignation was published in 1947 when M ruez was 20 years old What this collection offers in an evolution in the writing of talented and creative story tellerEyes of a Blue Dog the first collection is weakest and yet the one I find I have the most to say about because of how his writing changes from story to story Several things are notable about the earliest stories The Third Resignation The Other Side of Death and Eva is inside her cat They have striking opening lines with words like sharp and phrases like cold cutting vertical noise they are psychoanalytical idea heavy and rather dull to read leaving this reader interested but counting pages till the end The Other Side of Death ends in the other world the mistaken and absurd world of rational creatures A phrase that is maybe revealing as to where M ruez was headed These stories all have very different approaches and strengths In the title story a man has an intimate conversations with a woman in his dreams one he can see but can t touch and who he completely forgets as soon as he wakes even as she keeps telling him how to find her It s an exploration of desire and relationships It s a good story but most notable because of different way to approaching what he is exploring Whereas the most compelling story for me the first one where I forgot to count the pages was straight forward Titled The Woman Who Came at Six O Clock it s only a conversation a flirtatious and manipulative one between between a woman and a bar tender in an empty bar There are five stories after that and I would say each one is just a much better story much readable then the earlier ones but still very imaginative And in each story it seems he s getting closer to homeEvery story in Big Mama s Funeral is well developed One might say a maturing author developing into mastering his abilities The stories are starting to feel like pieces of a larger worlds like M ruez is just giving us a window and that he could keep going on and I wouldn t have minded Most of these stories are very much his world in small town coastal Columbia in Aracataca which gets mentioned in the last story the title story Characters reoccur the tone changes and there is a heavy if dark or darkly tinted humor In the title story the tone is hyper formal and for the third time in twenty centuries there was an hour of confusion chagrin and bustle in the limitless empire of Christendom The author of The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother is not experimenting so much as making his points through story telling In the opening story A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings an angel falls into a town and becomes something like a zoo attraction He doesn t speak and doesn t interact with anyone just stoically bides his time until his wings heal and he wordlessly flies off What is M ruez saying The main sense in all these stories is of a fairy tale but with all the dark elements with wonderful characters usually leaving us with a sense of how small they are in a strange wider world they will never understand When the outside world comes it seems everyone always ends up losing something to them and when they branch out the characters just disappear Several of these are really uote terrific and they all leave something to think about even if it seems mostly through the authors restraint He just has a way of writing up strange or fantastic events in the same flat fairy tale tone and it leaves the reader wondering So a fun a collection and a good start for my tour through his work

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Tories in this collection span than two decades illuminating the development of Maruez's prose and exhibiting the themes of family poverty and death that resound throughout his fiction. Reading Gabriel Garcia Maruez is like coming home a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities Birds of wild plumage Winds that scrape against sanity Seas that overcome and drown you But there s not a trace of cold heart stopping fear Maruez s realms are Sublime Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections Eyes of A Blue Dog Big Mama s Funeral and The Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother Respectively each of these collections were originally published in No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories Leaf Storm and Other Stories and Innocent Erendira and Other Stories and I believe the difference between initial published collections and this compilation is that this text doesn t include the title novellas save for Innocent Erendira Spanning work from 1947 to 1972 the first two stories of this compilation from Eyes of a Blue Dog are preoccupied with death Though highly abstract and at the same time visceral the details twitch and flitter making the skin crawl Death elicits unease yet this macabre obsession shows hints toward a writer s meager canvas The characters embody smallness of mind An ego coddling itself Much of the first collection is filled with amorphous plots and insulated characters As the stories progress and as we move from one collection to another we see Maruez step outside of his own neuroses and evolve as artist His maturation is one of literature s greatest treasures As the writer strengthens his style the tales grow sophisticated with multiple characters interaction dialogue and wild tangles of narrativeMost often on the first read Maruez may be difficult to analyze for literal meaning We simply can t Our instinct may be to kick back and enjoy the imagery the sound of the language and the accumulation of tones and hues What Maruez may lack in characterization and narrative he certainly makes up for in description and imagery of time and space From Monologue of Isabel the notion of time upset since the day before disappeared completely then there was no Thursday What should have been Thursday was a physical jelly like substance thing that could have been parted with the hands in order to look into Friday 100Then it rained And the sky was a gray jellyfish like substance that flapped its wings a hand away from our heads 94From The Other Side of Death Gently wrapped in the warm climate of a covered serenity he felt the lightness of his artificial and daily death He sank into a loving geography into an easy ideal world a world like one drawn by a child with no algebriac euations with no living farewells no force of gravity 17From the collection Big Mama s Funeral Maruez lends from Shakespeare in There are no Thieves in this Town when husband and wife plot against their small home town in South America they re soon torn asunder from guilt The burden of masuerading as innocent proves too much for them One Day After Saturday honors Woolf and Joyce Maruez jumps from characters thoughts and reveals how each are bound in a small town by a mysterious phenomena We slip through them like wisps of air feeling and knowing every individual breath and spirit Maruez in the spirit of the Modernists challenges the singularity of existence He affirms the beauty of fiction the power of fiction and the danger of stories in that we can find connection though we may feel estranged from even our closest loved onesDeath is still prominent but holds meaning in the last collection The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother Instead of a single pitiful life hanging in the balance towards the end of the collection mortality signifies the ruin of a country the decay of a culture and the corruptness of a civilization The Sea of Roses is utterly intoxicating A story that will hold you Hunger and death are close siblings clambering for our attention The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World an absolute gem the imagery and characters are embedded into my artistic DNA A Christ like tale but not really in this story a stranger washes up on shore and the town people s hearts grow wider their faith and compassion stronger Instead of focusing on the afflicted man who inspired hope we turn our gaze to the people themselves and revel in their own strength and beauty their fatally exuisite flaws which mean collectively than the death or life for that matter of a single man The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship another homage to the Modernists of Woolf and Joyce is complete stream of consciousness no punctuation Thoughts bleed into each other Readers take your time with this one and be sure to come up for air so you can marvel in this tale that will consume you This work must be kin to another of Maruez s from the collection Strange Pilgrims Light is Like Water where young boys push the boundaries of imagination and rebel against the pedestrian adult world A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is another tale burned to memory All I can say is if you haven t read it or any of the tales from Innocent Erendira then you haven t really known how wonderful literature can be As I read these tales I grew hungry to learn their back stories Where did Maruez get his characters What snippets of conversations snatches of songs and tidbits of heresy inspired these wonderful pieces of Art Which ones were lifted from newspapers Are the kernels of each from yarns his grandparents spun for him How many are slips of childhood memories Maruez s words are imprinted in the genetic makeup of all my writerly endeavors I look to him as all life seeks bright rays of light


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  1. says:

    Todos Los Cuentos ‎Collected Stories‬ Gabriel Garcí­a MáruezCollected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories presented in the chronological order of their publicati

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    “Only his own death came between him and his grave Resigned he listened to the drop thick heavy exact as it dripped in the other world in the

  3. says:

    Maruez is pure magic It's been a long time since I've read him except for the novella No One Writes to the Colonel two years back so this was in effect a reintroduction to his work And the enchantment has not fadedMaruez resembles three of my favourite authors William Faulkner Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway His decadent town of Macondo where most of the stories happen in a connected universe owes much to Fau

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    December 2009Some possibilities1 I may have gone in over my head with this one Gabriel García Máruez is uite the writer and I probably lack the fortitude to deal with his imaginative genius Magical realism may not be my thing and my expectati

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    6 Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márueztranslators Gregory Rabassa J S Bernsteinpublished 1984format 343 page paperbackacuired Decemberread Jan 18 25rating 4½Original collectionsEyes of a Blue Dog stories 1947 195

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    You have to stay with this collection for awhile before it starts to grow on you for it is compiled in chronological order and throws the spotlight on the evolution of this writer and his craft as he matures towards winning the Nobel Prize for LiteratureThe 26 story collection is comprised of selections from three volumes of short stories that were published in the 1960’s and ‘70’s The stories in the first volum

  7. says:

    Reading Gabriel Garcia Maruez is like coming home a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities Birds of wild plumage Winds that scrape against sanity Seas that overcome and drown you But there's not a trace of cold heart stopping fear Maruez's realms are Sublime Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections Eyes of A Blu

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    The bestest short stories from Maruez Some just 5 pages long but packed with so much fervor and flavor Artificial Roses and The Sea of Lost Time were my favorites

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    Loved it

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    So first of all I have been reading this off and on for about three years now and I finally decided about two weeks ago to give it a serious effort from the beginning This is than just an interesting collection of stories; it's a document of Maruez's growth as a writer The first third of the book is frankly pretty terrible It's filled with